Books

Wild, wild women

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Who is the least likely candidate for an animated princess movie? That’s the question former DreamWorks animator Jason Porath asked…

Embarrassing Victorian bodies

21 January 2017 9:00 am

The fetishisation of the Victorians shows no sign of abating. Over the past 16 years, since the centenary of the…

A matter of life and death

21 January 2017 9:00 am

This month, 30 years ago, I wrote a draft of what was to become soon afterwards the first comprehensive human…

A cold case from the Cold War

21 January 2017 9:00 am

It is a chastening thought that Boris Johnson’s responsibilities now include MI6. Alan Judd’s latest novel is particularly interesting about…

An apologia for adultery

21 January 2017 9:00 am

What to make of this unexpectedly startling novel? Though you may be lured into a false sense of familiarity by…

Piety and wit

21 January 2017 9:00 am

During the second world war, while one brother was editing Punch as a national institution (‘Working with him was a…

The legacy of Vietnam

21 January 2017 9:00 am

At first glance, Robert Olen Butler’s Perfume River seems like an application for a National Book Award. Its protagonist, Robert,…

A hellish paradise

21 January 2017 9:00 am

‘Short of writing a thesis in many volumes,’ Patrick Leigh Fermor wrote in his preface to The Traveller’s Tree, ‘only…

The trapper and the trapped

21 January 2017 9:00 am

The Hungarian novelist László Krasznahorkai has only lately become known to Anglophone audiences, through the masterly translations of George Szirtes…

Look back in anger

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Pankaj Mishra’s Age of Anger wants to explain how we got to a world in ‘a pervasive panic… that anything…

The puppet queen

14 January 2017 9:00 am

It is easy to see why the bare century of the Tudor dynasty’s rule has drawn so much attention from…

Body language

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Others goes straight to the head. Things start like this: with an article on a website called ‘Women and Film’,…

Restoration man

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Given that he wrote and published some of the most stunningly handsome books of the 17th century, John Ogilby has…

The best Brontë

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Fans of the novels and poems written by the sibling inhabitants of Haworth Parsonage always have a Top Brontë. Fame-seeking…

Only obeying orders

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Spare a thought for the poor Gulag guard: the rifleman standing in the freezing wind on the outside of the…

A shameful whitewash

14 January 2017 9:00 am

I have been researching and writing about black British history for over 30 years but never before have I been…

Licence to kill

14 January 2017 9:00 am

As I read the last chapter of this book, news broke that the Russian ambassador to Ankara, Andrey Karlov, had…

Perfect Sunday evening schmaltz

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Set in rural England in 1911, Tim Pears’s latest novel tells of a friendship between 12-year-old Leo, a precocious carter,…

Sweat-drenching, muscle-aching stuff

14 January 2017 9:00 am

‘John, we need your autobiography.’ ‘I thought I’d express my life experience in song.’ ‘That’ll be fine.’ This would be…

An astronomical feat

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Think of a computer and your mind might conjure the brushed steel contours of the latest must-have laptop or, for…

An unmagnificent seven

7 January 2017 9:00 am

One of the most interesting developments in modern publishing has surely been the revival of interest in women writers of…

A gentle reproach to Shakespeare

7 January 2017 9:00 am

A few years ago, I fell hopelessly in love with Harriet Walter. It only lasted an hour or two: she…

Hit for six

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Frankie Howerd, the great, if troubled, comedian, was once asked whether he enjoyed performing. ‘I enjoy having performed,’ he replied.…

Power to the people

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn will probably enjoy this book — which doesn’t mean you won’t. Asked to name the historical figure he…

From Balzac to the Beatles

7 January 2017 9:00 am

All biography is both an act of homage and a labour of dissection, and all biographers are jealous of their…